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January 4, 2013

Pebble Hunting: The Saddest Age-27 Seasons of 2012

by Sam Miller

Age 27 is often thought of as the time when players peak, but sometimes it's just the opposite.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 112: The Kyle Lohse Quandary

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam reflect on one of the slowest days of the offseason and then discuss the lack of movement in the market for Kyle Lohse.

January 3, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 111: How Do Major-League Managers Differ from Non-Baseball Bosses?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Joe Maddon's value and the ways in which managers might have more or less impact than the typical non-baseball boss.

January 2, 2013

Pebble Hunting: The Non-Pitching Value of Pitchers

by Sam Miller

Is it worth paying certain pitchers more for what they do when they're not on the mound?

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 110: Players with Criminal Pasts/How Much Do Pitcher Hitting, Fielding, and Baserunning Matter?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how players with criminal pasts should be treated and how much pitchers' non-pitching skills matter.

December 28, 2012

Pebble Hunting: How to Pitch

by Sam Miller

What can we learn about pitching from FOX Game-of-the-Week scouting reports?

BP Unfiltered: The Second-Hardest Ball Hit Off of Craig Kimbrel

by Sam Miller

Stephen Vogt doesn't have a hit, but he has hit.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 109: Eight Questions (and Answers) for the End of the Year

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam ask and answer eight mostly unrelated questions about baseball and themselves.

December 27, 2012

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Sean Doolittle and Learning How to Pitch

by Sam Miller

The evolution, or lack thereof, of a pitcher who makes pitching seem simpler than it should be.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 108: What Position Should Ian Kinsler Play?/How Do You Know When You Need a New GM?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about Ian Kinsler, how to decide when it's time to change GMs, R.A. Dickey and the dome, and more.

December 21, 2012

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Searching for the Worst Game of 2012

by Sam Miller

And finding it, too. Surprise: it may have involved the Mets.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 107: Edwin Jackson, the Cubs, and Qualifying Offers

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Edwin Jackson and the rest of the Cubs' offseason signings and talk about how the specter of draft-pick compensation is affecting some free agents.

December 20, 2012

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Mariners Acquire the Angels' Logjam

by Sam Miller

Kendrys Morales goes to Seattle, and the Angels get Jason Vargas.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 106: How Good is the Angels' Offense?/What We Think About the Yips/Does Pitcher Pace Matter?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the Angels' offense, the dreaded mental block known as the yips, and the impact of the time pitchers take between pitches.

December 19, 2012

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 105: Will R.A. Dickey's Knuckleball Be Better in the Dome?/Do the Red Sox Have a Consistent Philosophy?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about R.A. Dickey, the Red Sox, and more.

December 18, 2012

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 104: Our Least-Favorite Offseason Signings So Far

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss what they see as the worst signings so far this winter.

December 17, 2012

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 103: The R.A. Dickey Deal and Trading Top Prospects (With Jason Parks)

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam are joined by Jason Parks for a discussion of the R.A. Dickey deal and the risks and rewards of trading top prospects.

December 14, 2012

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Josh Hamilton and the End of Analysis

by Sam Miller

The bigger the split between big-market and small-market budgets, the harder it is to evaluate a seeming overpay on the free agent market.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 102: Josh Hamilton and Whether a Potentially Bad Contract is Worse Than No Contract at All

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam are joined by Ian Miller and Riley Breckenridge, the heroes behind Productive Outs, to talk about the Angels, Josh Hamilton, and whether fans should worry about bad contracts anymore.

BP Unfiltered: Which WAR(P) Are You?

by Sam Miller

Sometimes, the player-value models disagree, and you get to make a choice. Make that choice.

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